ASP and ASP.NET Intro and Resources

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ASP is short for Active Server Pages. It was the first server side scripting language for Microsoft’s IIS web server. You can think of it like the Microsoft version of PHP. However, ASP was quickly replaced by ASP.NET, an open-source server side framework.

Whereas PHP is a language, ASP.NET is a framework that can be used with any number of other languages — most notably C# and Visual Basic (VB.NET).

As with most server-side scripting, ASP.NET files are at base HTML files. They are different in that they will also include sections of ASP.NET code put between <% and %> symbols. This code is processed by the ASP.NET framework with the output sent back to the web client that requested it.

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